On August 5, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed some startling information about Australians with high cholesterol.
Currently, 5.6 million people have high cholesterol in Australia. As if this wasn't bad enough, it turns out approximately nine in ten of these same people don't even know they're suffering from the condition.
The latest batch of blood test results collected and published in the Australian Health Survey reveals that a disturbing one in three adults across the country has high cholesterol.
A total of 11,000 people took part in the Australian Health Survey.
As a result, the vast majority of people aged 45 and over are at risk of developing some form of heart disease.
Dr Paul Jelfs of the ABS' Social, Health and Labour Division said as many as three in four people in this age bracket stand to do permanent damage to their hearts and health if they don't make some dramatic changes.
It's not just those aged 45 and over that need to take stock of the way they're living. Dr Jelfs revealed that almost 50 per cent of the young Australians who contributed to the survey could also be facing a future marred by heart disease.
In response to these results, AUSVEG has issued a statement encouraging Australians of all ages to eat more vegetables.
"The fact that a great number of Australians are unknowingly walking around with high cholesterol is concerning," said Michael Bodnarcuk, spokesperson for AUSVEG in an August 7 statement.
"However, it should serve as a reminder that a healthy diet of fresh produce can aid in improving cardiovascular health."
You can support better corporate health in your business by making sure your workers have access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
Many people opt for unhealthy food at work because it is often easy to get hold of and quick to eat.
Having appliances such as vending machines around the office can encourage your employees to snack on products that are often high in salt, sugar and fat.
According to Communicating the Health Benefits of Australian Vegetable, a study conducted by Plant and Food Research Australia in combination with MacTavish West, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables "can lower concentrations of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or 'bad' cholesterol".
Healthy workers are often more productive ones, too. In addition to encouraging healthy eating habits in your company, you can make your employees' health a top priority by organising business health insurance.
Having this type of health insurance can provide your workers with peace of mind and protect them financially. They will know that, should they require it, the right level of medical care and treatment will be available.